(Translated from the Assamese by Nabina Das.)
We hadn’t placed a chair at the dining table for my mother.
We were all sitting around the table eating dinner.
She had come right then. On meeting her eyes
I coughed. I choked at the throat. My mother’s eyes
welled up with tears. I didn’t get up to go close
to my mother. I couldn’t carry on eating.
My family became concerned about me.
My mother didn’t recognize her own daughter-in-law
and granddaughters. My mother came after 17 years.
She was all of 27 years, just as before.
I was already older than my mother. My mother’s
eyes had welled up seeing me all grown up.
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